Faversham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Faversham was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Faversham in Kent which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election when it was replaced by the new constituencies of Sittingbourne and Sheppey & Faversham and Mid Kent.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Swale wards of Abbey, Borden, Davington Priory, East Downs, Eastern, Grove, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Newington, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, St Ann's, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, Teynham and Lynsted, Watling, West Downs, and Woodstock.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1885 Herbert Knatchbull-Hugessen Conservative
1895 Frederic Barnes Conservative
1900 John Howard Conservative
1906 Thomas Napier Liberal
Jan 1910 Sir Granville Wheler, Bt. Conservative
1928 by-election Sir Adam Maitland Conservative
1945 Percy Wells Labour
1964 by-election Terry Boston Labour
1970 Sir Roger Moate Conservative
1997 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Faversham [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Herbert Thomas Knatchbull-Hugessen 5,067 55.1 n/a
Liberal Sir Francis Flint Belsey 4,123 44.9 n/a
Majority 944 10.2 n/a
Turnout n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Faversham [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Herbert Thomas Knatchbull-Hugessen unpposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Faversham [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Herbert Thomas Knatchbull-Hugessen 4,846 51.1 n/a
Liberal S. Halifax 4,640 48.9 n/a
Majority 206 2.2 n/a
Turnout 66.7 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1895: Faversham [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederic Gorell Barnes 5,738 55.7
Liberal S. Barrow 4,557 44.3
Majority 1,181 11.4
Turnout 75.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Faversham [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Howard unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Thomas Napier
General Election 1906
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Bateman Napier 6,925 57.6 n/a
Conservative John Howard 5,091 42.4 n/a
Majority 1,834 15.2 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 7,438 58.0 +15.6
Liberal Thomas Bateman Napier 5,394 42.0 -15.6
Majority 2,044 16.0 31.2
Turnout 87.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +15.6
Nicholls
General Election December 1910
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 6,897 57.4 -0.6
Liberal George Nicholls 5,111 42.6 +0.6
Majority 1,786 14.8 -1.2
Turnout 82.0 -5.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.6

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 12,826
Labour Stanley James Wells Morgan 5,981
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 13,675
Labour Stanley James Wells Morgan 11,096
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 13,422
Labour Stanley James Wells Morgan 12,361
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election, 29 October 1924: Faversham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 14,432 46.9
Labour Stanley James Wells Morgan 9,180 29.9
Liberal Albert J Soloman 7,132 23.2
Majority 5,252 17.0
Turnout 73.9
Unionist hold Swing
Faversham by-election, 1928[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Adam Maitland 12,997 41.7 -5.2
Labour Dudley Leigh Aman 11,313 36.2 +6.3
Liberal John Freeman Dunn 5,813 18.6 -4.6
Independent Conservative E. Augustine Hailwood 1,090 3.5 +3.5
Majority 1,684 5.5
Turnout 72.4
Unionist hold Swing
General Election, 30 May 1929: Faversham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Adam Maitland 16,219 41.3 -5.6
Labour Dudley Leigh Aman 15,275 38.9 +9.0
Liberal Prof. Maurice Alfred Gerothwohl 7,782 19.8 -3.4
Majority 944 2.4 -14.6
Turnout 75.5 +1.6
Unionist hold Swing -7.3

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Adam Maitland 25,568 65.9
Labour Henry Norman Smith 13,226 34.1
Majority 12,342 31.8
Turnout 38,794 72.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Adam Maitland 22,881 54.6
Labour Henry Norman Smith 19,060 45.4
Majority 3,821 9.1
Turnout 41,941 74.0
Conservative hold Swing

General Election 1939/40

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Faversham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Lawrence Wells 23,502 52.8
Conservative Sir Adam Maitland 21,037 47.2
Majority 2,465 5.5
Turnout 73.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Lawrence Wells 23,620 48.71
Conservative J. E. Brooks 21,381 44.10
Liberal Elizabeth May Graham 3,486 7.19
Majority 2,239 4.62
Turnout 86.33
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Lawrence Wells 24,884 50.57
Conservative Clive Bossom 24,322 49.43
Majority 562 1.14
Turnout 86.04
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Lawrence Wells 23,981 50.06
Conservative Clive Bossom 23,922 49.94
Majority 59 0.12
Turnout 47,903 78.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Lawrence Wells 24,327 50.26
Conservative Mrs Elsie M. S. Olsen 24,074 49.74
Majority 253 0.52
Turnout 48,401 83.80
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Faversham by-election, 1964 [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terence George Boston 24,749 55.1 4.8
Conservative Mrs Elsie M. S. Olsen 19,808 44.1 -3.6
Independent Russell Eckley 352 0.8 N/A
Majority 4,941 11.0 10.5
Turnout 44,909 74.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terence George Boston 24,243 49.1
Conservative Mrs Elsie M. S. Olsen 20 279 41.0
Liberal Paul Hayden 4,882 9.9
Majority 3,964 8.1
Turnout 49,404 81.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terence George Boston 26,375 52.5
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 23,886 47.5
Majority 2,489 5.0
Turnout 50,261 79.9
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1970: Faversham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 29,914 53.4
Labour Terence George Boston 26,103 46.6
Majority 3,811 6.8
Turnout 56,013 78.1
General election February 1974[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 26,316 42.2
Labour Mike Freedman 20,909 33.6
Liberal PJ Morgan 14,927 24.0
Community E Dignan 151 0.2
Majority 5,407 8.7
Turnout 62,301 8.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election, October 1974: Faversham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 25,087 43.0
Labour Mike Freedman 22,210 38.1
Liberal PJ Morgan 10,979 18.8
Majority 2,877 4.9
Turnout 58,276 76.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election, 1979: Faversham[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 33,513 54.4
Labour T Sherwen 21,351 34.6
Liberal AC Aldous 6,349 10.3
National Front A Webb 439 0.7
Majority 12,162 19.7
Turnout 61,653 78.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1983: Faversham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 29,849 53.1
Social Democratic E Mark Goyder 15,252 27.1
Labour CM Bromley 11,130 19.8
Majority 14,597 26.0
Turnout 56,233 73.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Faversham[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 31,074 51.1
Social Democratic E Mark Goyder 17,096 28.1
Labour Philip Dangerfield 12,616 20.8
Majority 13,978 23.0
Turnout 60,788 76.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election, 1992: Faversham[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Denis Moate 32,755 50.1 −1.0
Labour Helen Rosemary Brinton 16,404 25.1 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Roger Truelove 15,896 24.3 −3.8
Natural Law Robin M. Bradshaw 294 0.5
Majority 16,351 25.0
Turnout 65,352 79.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  • British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 by Fred W. S. Craig
  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ a b c d e f British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ a b c British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1979)
  5. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  6. ^ a b c d British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ a b c F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  8. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". politicsresources.net. 
  9. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1974 [Archive]". politicsresources.net. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1974 [Archive]". politicsresources.net. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1979 [Archive]". politicsresources.net. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1983 [Archive]". politicsresources.net. 
  13. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1987 [Archive]". politicsresources.net. 
  14. ^ "UK General Election results: April 1992 [Archive]". politicsresources.net.